The Sex of… Sanctuary

We’re not shy about love scenes!  Since our stories are produced by adults for other adults, they all contain explicit sex.  One of the principles of Raythe Reign is never to feel ashamed about what you enjoy or imagine.  Besides, who would be embarrassed to celebrate a couple this lovely?

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So, let’s talk about Sanctuary’s lovers, Alexander and Demetrius.  Readers root for this romantic, caring couple. One reason is that Demetrius’s sensitivity has stopped him from having any kind of contact for at least 100 years (he’s lost count…)  Such a beautiful, tortured soul should get the most out of his eternal life!

And Alex is the perfect one to help him.  Though he is far younger than the Grand Master Vampire, he is still mature and holds his own.  Alexander knows what he wants and isn’t afraid to say it.  He’s not a shy virgin to be pursued but does his fair share of the pursuing.

As lovers, they are also mature — it’s in their natures.  Both caring Alex and protective Demetrius are considerate of the other, even prepared to back off from what they want if they’re worried it will cause a problem!  This shows mutual respect and strength.

There’s also the fact that vampires have enhanced senses.  Though it causes Demetrius agony for the first half of the story, both he and Alex get the full benefits at the end.  Whether you find blood drinking sexy or not, sex with superhuman senses is bound to be mind-blowing.  (We’re sure that’s in TV Tropes somewhere.)

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Astral Projection

In Chapter 11 of Sanctuary, Demetrius uses the ability to astrally-project to Alex, only to discover him running a bath in the middle of the night.  Though no contact is made, Alex seems to sense the vampire’s presence… Does he just confidently enjoy himself, or is he putting on a show?  Only Raythe knows the answer to that!

One Hot Conversation

In Chapter 20, their desire for each other builds only with their words.  Though they are lying only inches apart, Demetrius’s condition keeps them separated until the very end, where his need for Alex overcomes his pain.

Baths & Blood

After Alex discovers the cure, Demetrius feels well for the first time in too many years to count.  They celebrate in Chapter 27 with a bath that is hot in more ways than one.  Though he cannot drink from Alex, Demetrius combines his thirst for blood with his thirst for his new lover.

Club Night!

Vampires who own clubs are irresistible, or so Alex thinks.  After a dance that borders on the pornographic, they retreat to a secluded place to indulge in blood, champagne, and (of course) orgasms!  This scene is so Raythe… she goes all the way with it.  Here’s a notable quote.

“Do I dare use the blood, Alexander?” Demetrius’ voice was a hoarse rumble. “Do I dare pour it into you and drink it?”

The Ocean in the Moonlight

With Alex in his new Second Life, as the vampires call it, there is nothing to stop him and Demetrius from feasting on each other.  They do so in the waves underneath the moon, but this scene wasn’t written just to delight the Members (though that’s a good reason!)  It ends in a classic Raythe twist.

Poll Time!

We’ll always have vampires in our stories.  Tell us what you think about blood drinking with this quick poll:

Blood drinking: hot or not?
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13 Responses to The Sex of… Sanctuary

  1. Maara January 7, 2016 at 11:35 pm #

    The specific act seems to hold little appeal in itself. I’m more attracted to the power dynamic, potential masochism, and care-taking it evokes.

    Hurt me so good! ;D

    • Raythe January 8, 2016 at 3:09 am #

      That’s an interesting take on it. Blood play can be about power. I did that a bit in Price for Passage, but I enjoy the loving parts of blood play.

  2. River Iris January 8, 2016 at 1:27 am #

    In true Bram Stoker reasoning, why I like blood-play (the technical term for all things blood and sometimes sex) is for its allusions to sex. A kiss to the skin that results in fangs penetrating skin. Gentile like a caring lover, or rough with need. Often rape or dub-con is associated with evil vampires, or other creatures that use blood/their teeth. Sucking on cut open fingers and other spots. Half remembered dreams of someone too good, or horrible, to be true. Longing to be with such a person, man woman or beast, forever; or in constant fear they will return. A good vampire/monster story can bring elements of our fears and dreams to allude to so much more. ‘Sanctuary’ started this with the contrast of being too sensitive vs. what those senses can bring and having someone cares for more than they can get physically. I’m eagerly awaiting the next instalment.♥

    • Raythe January 8, 2016 at 3:19 am #

      I’m really feeling like I’ve got to incorporate some of these suggestions! You really put it perfectly.

  3. BuddhaAli January 8, 2016 at 4:29 am #

    River_Iris touched on some incredible imagery and core messages for Blood Play, but there’s also another message for such play that I think the “immortal beast” genre sometimes misses. Scarification, or the indelible marks that such play – cuts, bites, full imprints of teeth that will forever mark my wrist and must be covered or explained to anyone who asks why I have a human teeth imprint in plain sight – these things are a very real part of play for humans and non-immortals.

    I think that it would be interesting to incorporate into your writing that there are consequences beyond a headache and momentary light-headedness from blood loss. Particularly in such species as might bear those marks in your stories. The human servants (see: Renfield) of vampires of course, or the trapped “victim” in your short story “Hero” and “Hero 2.” Is there any way I can hope for resolution for Jeremy, Ian and his evil and beautiful Master? I kindof desperately want them to intersect with the council in Sanctuary 2 as a miniature vignette??? Pretty please??? There’s also the wonderful scars that Jordan has on his face from his turning at the hands of Wulf in both Erl King and the Fell.

    What if the scar marks on the thigh of Crimson’s Grey are from his battle and initial turning – they are high enough that he might’ve nearly died? What if all the wolves that regenerate so quickly after becoming werewolves must always bear the scars of that original attack as Jordan does? Some might be lucky and have them in easy to hide places, but how many lost eyes, fingers, throats partially cut or partially eaten due to the initial “attack”… interesting to think about and still, in a way, bloody play. Just… soooo very unsafe blood play. 🙂 Still sexy. Not gonna lie, the Hunt is definitely a sexy story for me.

    Mannnnnn, I hate to be the buzzkill. Its seriously all cool, just y’know, be safe out there people so you can live to play again. Fantasy is important and so essential to sanity, but just remember that the written word is a great escape and IRL we all gotta treat our temples like the gods are still capable of some serious smiting. I am ALL for blood play. See the mention of scars? Its great. But its also dangerous. Love yourself and love your friends and love your lovers and family too. Be careful out there. Bless you all.

    • Raythe January 8, 2016 at 4:57 am #

      This is why I love you! Lol! Seriously, as many ideas as I can come up with you guys have so many more to add. I think your scarification idea is absolutely brilliant. I will use it in Crimson and also in some of the vampire stories!

  4. ddarkbloom January 8, 2016 at 10:32 am #

    This has reminded me about how much I loved Sanctuary. I think I’m gonna go reread it!

    • Raythe January 8, 2016 at 8:00 pm #

      The idea of these posts on a story is to do a few things:

      (1) introduce new and potential members.

      (2) reintroduce the stories to existing members

      (3) get feedback on what you like and don’t or want to see

      (4) bring in discussions about sex and how it’s totally okay to like what you like and larger themes

      It seems to be working!

  5. Akiraki January 8, 2016 at 2:04 pm #

    ***Warning: I do not care for self-harm, or endangering a life (oneself or another) in the belief of pleasure.***

    Blood play holds many ancient (and new) beliefs in how it connects one person to another for eternity. Most think it connects the souls together and turns them into something of soul mates; and then the minor blood rituals of becoming blood-brothers/sisters is also derived from this.

    As I think both side should condone to the blood play, I also believe that it is a very trusting and intimate act. (Whether it be inside or outside of a story.)

  6. Raythe January 8, 2016 at 8:08 pm #

    The idea of connecting people is a really brilliant point. Now we don’t think of vampires as connecting to everyone that they feed from so blood play for me indicates always some special relationship even the torture. Of course this is in my fiction.

  7. Forrest January 9, 2016 at 3:28 pm #

    Another suggestion for a story is using bloodplay as an act of magic. Many ancient cultures used blood as a foci for spells or incorporating it into sex magic.

    • Raythe January 9, 2016 at 4:21 pm #

      Did that actually in The Padt but it’s a good one to do again.

  8. Maria Lazarou January 10, 2016 at 12:32 pm #

    Sex and blood ,well what can i say,combination that kills.Vampires or werewolves,wild hot dark.I always thought dark erotic literature better than sex.

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